COIMBATORE: A three-year-old male leopard was found dead with injuries in Sirukundra estate at Valparai in Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Monday night.
Forest officials after analysing the injuries said that the cat was killed by another animal. This is the second leopard to be killed by another wild animal in Valparai this year.
Tea estate labourers, who went for work at field No 11 in Sirukundra estate in Valparai on Tuesday morning, spotted the carcass and alerted the forest officials.
Later, the carcass was brought to the forest rescue centre in Rottikadai, where Government Veterinarian Senthil Kumar performed a post-mortem.
The post-mortem report indicated that the animal was killed in a fight with another wild animal as injuries were found at several places on its body. The animal could have died after its trachea (wind pipe) was damaged in the fight, the report said.